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Thanks to its close proximity to the UK and long history, culture and fine cuisine, France has been a holiday hotspot for numerous years. The conveniently located Caen, which is found only a few kilometres from the English Channel and less than 2 hours from Paris, is the ideal spot for a holiday and one which promises more that its fair share of attractions. You can book your cheap flights to Caen with Flybe today.

An insight to Caen

An insight to Caen

Caen is a bustling old and attractive city, located in the northwest of France. Although today it is known for its relaxing atmosphere and easygoing way of life, Caen is rooted firmly in the history books. Founded by William the Conqueror back in the 11th Century, Caen retains much of it's history through its magnificent Memorial Museum and enthralling Romanesque abbeys. Although some of its buildings were lost during WW2 bombings in 1944, the city took an active interest in preserving what was left – these are the impressive structures which you can still visit today.

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Food and drink in Caen

Food and drink in Caen

More than just a history lovers’ paradise, Caen has also won worldwide recognition for its relaxing atmosphere and laidback lifestyle. Wherever you go in the city you’ll receive a warm and friendly reception from the locals who make the city the popular hotspot it is. To make the most of this unique atmosphere, head down the weekly market held every Friday on the Fosses Saint Julien near the Ducal castle or to Place Courtonne for the weekly Sunday market. Not only will this expose you to the impressive local familiarity and relaxation which exists in the city but it’ll also allow you to stock up on all the tempting culinary treats which France is known for. Local cheeses and specialities such as Calvados will all be available alongside other handmade goods and local produce so it’s a great place to sample an authentic French way of life.

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Historical attractions in Caen

Historical attractions in Caen

In many ways, Caen is like the mythical phoenix which rose from the ashes to be reincarnated – which makes it hardly surprising that this is the symbol the city’s university has adopted as their emblem. Places of particular interest for history buffs include Caen Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Western Europe, the Musée de Normandie and Caen Memorial Museum. The Abbaye-aux-Hommes and Abbaye-aux-Dames which were built by William the Conqueror to atone for his sinful marriage to Mathildeare also worth a visit. The Normandy Beaches are also only a short distance away and are considered one of the most important European sites for those interested in modern history. As the site of the D-Day landings, the beaches are an area which is known throughout the world and this makes them the perfect spot to brush up on your history.

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